Thursday, June 20, 2013

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

General Information
Common Name Ponytail Palm
Scientific Name Beaucarnea recurvata
Sun Tolerance Full Sun
Height 4.5–6 m (15–20 ft)
Spread 1.8–2.5 m (6–8 ft)
Growth Rate Slow
Bloom Time Spring, Summer
Color Green
Flower Color White
Type Tree
Native Central America, Mexico
Classification
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Liliidae
Order Liliales
Family Liliaceae – Lily family
Genus Beaucarnea Lem. – bottle-palm
Species B. recurvata


Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm
Beaucarnea Recurvata is native to eastern Mexico. It is common name is Ponytail Palm. Despite its common name, it is not closely related to the true palms. It is an evergreen slow growing to 15 – 20 feet (4.5 – 6 m) with a noticeable expanded caudex, for the purpose of storing water. The light green leaves, up to five feet long and 3/4 of an inch wide, are produced in tufts clustered at the tips of branches. The cascading nature of the leaves gives much the appearance of a pony’s tail. A full Ponytail Palm tree also looks like a big onion plant. Creamy yellow flowers are quite showy as they are held above the foliage in spring or summer for several weeks. The tree will occasionally flower two or even three times a year. The small creamy white flower is produced only on older trees. The drought tolerant Ponytail palm is a great palm for ornamental placing in the home or office or landscape. The Ponytail palm does not enjoy being over watered. It is also one of the easiest palm trees to take care and suitable for gardening.


Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm : Seeds

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm : Seeds

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm : Flowers

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm : Flowers

Beaucarnea Recurvata - Ponytail Palm

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The top of my ponytail palm leaned over and broke so I had to cut it off. Any way it will grow from the top again? Why did this happen? Did the house sitter over water or underwater it?

Is there any chance the top will root? I'm sure the answer is no, but I have to try something. The tree was over 20 yrs old. Is there any chance it will survive?

Anonymous said...

the same happens to me just now, i was so schocked it was an accident the person could lift up the pot and hit it at doorframe all the hair scraped up terrible is therte anywone how would now what to do or is there any other very large pony tail tree to buy??? the one i have is 2 meter high..many thanks please replay

Stiletto ElsieXie said...

I have several Ponytail palms for more than two decades but none of them have ever bloom before. Those planted in the ground have grown so huge!

Kevin J. Timothy said...

How well will one of these do in an east facing window. The room is very bright particularly in the mornings.

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